Fraud advice issued by Essex Police to help combat online crime

Do you know how secure are you online? Do you know who has access to your personal details?

Between October 2017 and March 2018, we received over 3,800 reports of fraud where fraudsters have gained access to victim’s bank cards, cheque or online accounts details.

Recent data compiled by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has shown over that period there was a total £3.9million loss to victims with 118 arrests.

Figures also show that 80 per cent of fraud reported to us was cyber enabled, meaning fraudsters gained access to personal details through phone, internet and email activity.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee Morton, head of Kent and Essex’s Serious Economic Crime Unit, said: “We are investigating dozens of reports that could have been avoided if people took simple steps to protect their personal details.

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